Hammett: Jeopardy! Won’t Let Go

Yeah, Jeopardy! has a thing going for Hammett clews — and who can blame them? He’s famous, for closing in on a century now, and you can creep in via the books, the movies, the life.

Yesterday — S36E55 — they hit it again. The first clew in the first column was the first one selected. Black-&-White Films. For $200 pose a question covering this statement:

In “The Maltese Falcon” this actor tells Mary Astor, “If you. . . were as innocent as you pretend to be, we’d never get anywhere”

The current champion jumped on it with: “Who is Humphrey Bogart?”

I wonder if they’d have discounted her response if she’d kept her lips together, taken a deep pull off her cigarette, pushed the fedora back on her brow and said: “Bogie. Who’s Bogie?”

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